Topic:

al-Qaeda

The Threat of the “Salafi Crescent”

| January 21, 2014

Attempts by al-Qaeda and other radical Sunni Islamist groups to challenge the Shia Crescent (Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon) must be viewed as a serious security threat.

Egypt and the Threat of Islamic Terror

| January 1, 2014

Egypt’s new rulers are faced with a terror problem emanating from the Sinai, led by radical jihad groups. The US and international community must support the Egyptian regime to prevent Egypt from turning into the next Syria.

Yemen Under Attack

| December 12, 2013

Yemen is on the verge of becoming a failed state, as the interim government struggles to fight terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda, that have made Yemen a base of operations.

Mali: A Diplomatic Opportunity for Israel

| February 11, 2013

France’s military intervention against Mali’s Islamists has provided Israel with an opportunity to improve its relations with France and restore its ties with Africa’s non-Arab Muslim countries.

Sunni Sectarianism and the Re-emergence of Jihadism in Indonesia

| October 16, 2012

Recent events in Indonesia raise concern that the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation may be taking a turn toward hardline Islamism. The future of Indonesia’s tolerant Islam is being reassessed.

Saudi Succession and Stability

| November 1, 2011

The process of balancing and satisfying Saudi royal factions depends on patience and conservatism within royal circles. It also requires quiet in the streets of Riyadh and Jedda. Thus far, there are no signs of the so-called “Arab Spring” spreading to Saudi Arabia.

The Threat of Al-Qaeda and Its Allies in Lebanon

| September 19, 2007

Clashes between the Lebanese army and the al Qaeda-affiliated Fatah al Islam organization in north Lebanon, and similar attacks against UNIFIL forces in south Lebanon, reflect the challenges of radical jihadi Sunni Islam on the stability of the country and the region. The Lebanese government’s ability to face these challenges appears limited, with the degree of its success largely dependent on international support and the consent of local power brokers such as Hizballah and the Palestinians.